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July 11, 2012
Fifty-three Quarter Horse sprinters will compete in a total of six trials to the Governor’s Cup Futurity on Friday at Los Alamitos. The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times will advance to the rich Governor’s Cup final to be held as part of California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday, July 28.
Each of the six trials will be contested at 350 yards on Friday and each trial will have a field of either eight or nine runners. The field will be headed by the Ed Allred-bred and Francisco Guzman-owned Remembering Spence who in his last start won the $30,000 Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes. Remembering Spence previously ran third in a trial to the Ed Burke Million Futurity and before that he was impressive in posting a 3/4 length victory to break his maiden. He’ll now be in action in the fourth of six trial heats.
Eduardo Nicasio will take over the mount on Remembering Spence in place of Francisco Rubio, who is on the mend after being involved in a racing spill on Sunday evening. Juan Aleman will saddle the colt by TR Dasher, who is named in honor of Allred’s great friend and mentor, the Hall of Fame breeder and owner Spencer L. Childers. Childers passed away on July 9, 2009.
LJM Ranch Inc has solid runners in each of the first three Governor’s Cup trials in the form of Crystal Sola Too, Don Loncho, and Got No Secrets. Crystal Sola Too is one of the favorites in the opening trial following her third place finish to Ed Burke Million finalist Watch Linda Ballet in a trial to that race. Crystal Sola Too was the one being followed in her debut, as she led wire-to-wire to win by a half-length on May 20.
Don Loncho will be going after his second straight victory in trial number two, but he’ll have to deal with a strong field that included Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity runner-up Bullet in The Gun. Allred’s Swindler, who looked terrific when scoring a 1 1/4 length victory two races ago, will also compete in the second trial. Just Might Go, who also races for Allred, broke her maiden by 3/4 lengths in her last start and now will take on Got No Secrets in the third trial. Got No Secrets was third in his Kindergarten Futurity trial and most recently posted a 1 1/2 length maiden win. You Stole My Happy and Jam Rose Bound SA will be tough as well here.
Paul Jones and Thompson Racing’s Henoshersecret, who has faced top notch competition while finishing in the money in all three of his starts so far, will be one of the big names racing in the fifth Governor’s Cup Futurity trial. The homebred colt sired by 2006 All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here won his maiden in a great race against the aforementioned Don Loncho and then finished third to the sharp runner Tres Racer in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity. He came back to run second in his Ed Burke Million trial. Ramon Sanchez has ridden the bay colt each time and he knows all his secrets.
Double Bar S Ranch’s Beg Stel Or Borrow will look to give Henoshersecret all he can handle following her strong finish when running third in a trial to the Ed Burke Million Futurity. Joe Bassett will saddle the Stel Corona filly, which will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry. The young pilot was the leading rider at Turf Paradise three years in a row from 2008 through 2011 - a streak that included an in the money ratio of over 47 percent. Eikleberry, who wrestled in high school at Cactus Shadow High in Arizona, has won over 150 races in his career. In the trials, Eikleberry will also ride for Bassett the sprinters I Go Out Walkin and Wears The Pants. Racing for Howard Nichols, Wears The Pants will be looking to beat the previously mentioned Remembering Spence in the fourth trial. Wears The Pants broke his maiden in easy fashion last month thanks to a 1 3/4 length romp. Gildardo Garcia’s Secretly Hot also looms tough in this trial after scoring a 1 1/4 length maiden win on June 8.
The night of trials will wrap up with the sixth heat, which is scheduled as the ninth and final race on the Friday card at Los Alamitos. Vessels Stallion Farm and Bustardos Horse Racing LLC’s Our Secret Queen is another recent daylight maiden winner that will see action in these trials. Our Secret Queen will battle the likes of June 1st maiden winner Whittier High and the improving Charles Treece-trained Cleve Me. Of the 53 runners competing in the six trials, 12 were bred by the Hall of Famer Ed Allred.
THREE DERBY TRIALS SET FOR SATURDAY
Terrific Synergy, Ima Chickie Two and Kindly Fellow will each make their 2012 debuts in the derby trials. Trained by Cody Joiner, Terrific Synergy made the entire lineup of million dollar futurities contested at Los Alamitos last year. Racing for Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie, Terrific Synergy was fourth in the Ed Burke Million Futurity and then finished sixth in the Golden State Million Futurity and ninth in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. He won his other four career starts and he now comes into second trial with earnings of $187,966. The son of FDD Dynasty will face in this trial the multiple stakes finalist Sompin About First and Last To Check Him, who ran third in the Los Alamitos Two Million.
Berenisse and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Kindly Fellow was second in the Ed Burke Million while racing in the top two in six of eight starts as a 2-year-olds. He’ll be taking on a field that includes PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Ima Chickie Two, who races for S-Quarter K LLC. Major stakes finalist Illegal Smile will also race here.
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